Jul 29, 2010
Jeffrey Faszcza and I are escorting a Russian business delegation on a trip through Middle America, showing them how areas in our country have drawn manufacturing and industry to non-urban centers.
Below is an excerpt from a Times Record article, covering our tour.
David Olive of Washington-based Catalyst Partners said the group – two representing the aeronautics industry in Moscow and two representing local and parliamentary government – wanted to come to middle America for inspiration.
“They wanted to see how to grow and create an environment to get manufacturing and industry to come to a non-urban center, like theirs,” Olive said.
He thought “what better place” than Fort Smith, his former home.
Olive and partner Jeffrey Faszcza are escorting the foursome on a whirlwind trip that began with a tour of Graceland in Memphis before a visit to Gov. Mike Beebe’s office and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission in Little Rock on Monday.